|  Christine Marie Nielsen

BNSF’s Surcharge on Use of DOT-111s An Issue, Even Past Reg Deadlines

DOT-111 tank cars may no longer be used to carry crude oil in the U.S., according to a Department of Transportation (DOT) phase-out program. The cars may still be used to haul ethanol, however. By 2023, the cars will no longer be allowed to carry any kind of hazmat commodity at all.

Some shippers have been slow to shift away from these cars to the new DOT-117 design introduced in 2015. In addition to the federal regs, the BNSF Railway has taken to charging more to haul DOT-111s and that’s not fair, said the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).

It has been fighting the railroad since 2015. First the matter was before the Surface Transportation Board (STB), now it’s b...

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